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Rally New Zealand - Pre-event press conference

What happens within the team if you get the better result here this weekend and it leans more towards you in the Drivers' Championship?

Petter Solberg:
I don't think about that at all. The only thing I'm thinking about is trying to win. Okay we are after a lot of points and I lost a lot in Greece, but if you are going to have a chance to win a Championship you have to win rallies. So I'm driving hard for victories and look forward to a win.

Q:
Is morale good in the team at the moment, because the pace of the car is there?

Petter Solberg:
It's a really good feeling. Okay everybody was down after Greece, I can understand that. But between the drivers, mechanics and engineers everybody is really positive. So we have a lot of fun but we need the victory for sure.

Q:
Thierry, this is your first time in New Zealand, what are your thoughts so far? Are you suffering with jet lag?

Thierry Neuville:
The jet lag is not so easy, I feel it in the night. For the recce everything went well. I could see the beautiful stages. We already enjoyed the recce so okay I think we are well prepared and we can enjoy this rally.

Q:
Do you feel these stages will suit you?

Thierry Neuville:
Let's see. The shakedown and qualification went well and I feel a lot of confidence but not too much. I try to drive fast and we need to adapt our driving style a little. I am sure we will do a few changes to the car so let's see tomorrow.

Q:
It's been your first season as a WRC driver. How do you think you have progressed?

Thierry Neuville:
Some things are quite good. The speed is not so bad but okay I think we have a lot to improve and the feeling with the car is not as it should be, but okay some things are good and sometimes we push too hard and make some small mistakes and sometimes some big mistakes. We try to do better.

Q:
What are your hopes in terms of results here?

Thierry Neuville:
We got a fifth place in Argentina and sixth place in Greece so it would be nice to get a fourth place as least here in New Zealand.

Q:
Dani, we see you return to the Prodrive MINI for this event, we saw you in Argentina with Ford just a couple of months ago. Is it good to be back with the team?

Dani Sordo:
It's very nice to be back in the MINI. I like the performance of this car. The kilometres in Argentina are important for the future.

Q:
Talk to us about your plans for this weekend because we saw great pace from you in Portugal in the MINI. What is the plan for New Zealand?

Dani Sordo:



Related Pictures

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Dani Sordo (ESP), Mini John Cooper Works, MINI WRC TEAM
Thierry Neuville (BEL), Citroen DS3 WRC
Petter Solberg (NOR),  Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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